“FREE and EASY Advice with Tips and Tricks the Pros use to Growing Amazing Orchids Year Round…
Welcome to Growing Orchids Easy,
Hi, my name is Mila, I live in Hawaii and work in the flower industry, where I have been caring for orchids and other local flowers of Hawaii for the last 22 years. Being a part of this industry for all those years has played a large part in my being able to share with you, this knowledge on orchid growing and care.
The information you will find in my pages comes from not only my experience but also from our suppliers, venders and other local island growers.
There are many different species of orchids that can be found naturally and even more in the hybrids form. They are really not that difficult to grow, if you are informed with the proper ways to care for them. As with all plant life the basics include water, light, fertilizer and air. Many species of orchids enjoy cooler conditions; several species do very well in temperatures that are around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the easiest orchids to grow is the Phalaenopsis orchid. This orchid will easily adapt to the environment of a home or office. Certain species of orchid’s flowers will last for a longer time than others. From the time the Phalaenopsis bud first opens, they will remain in bloom for two to three months. Unlike the Cattleyas orchid plant may only last up to a month in bloom from the time that the bud opens. And some species of orchids will bloom once a year, while other species will bloom several times a year and some even bloom continuously.
Orchids should be planted in bark rather then typically potting soil. They can also be grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss. Orchids need to be grown in pots that will supply them with good drainage. Typical potting soil is bad for orchid plants because it cuts off air circulation at the roots and blocks the drainage of the water. They should also be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, your orchid plant may need to be watered more frequently about every four to five days. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more heat, the more water you should give your orchid. The less heat, the less amount of water. Orchid plants that are potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be water less often then those planted in bark. These plants can be watered once every seven to ten days.
Depending on the species of orchid, they prefer a lot of light that is not too strong. They do very well sitting in an east facing window. Since many orchid species can be found naturally in tropical conditions, they are used to receiving both shade and sun. Sun exposure that is too strong. Orchids that are suffering from either too much light will display yellowing leaves. If this occurs you should increase the shade that your orchid receives. Yellowing of orchid leaves may also indicate insufficient feeding. Orchid plants should be fertilized on a regular basis about every other week. You should also water your orchid plant at least one hour before adding the diluted nutrient solution if the potting media is dry.
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